Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan Wolverines Game Preview

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It’s been a tale of two starts for the Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin’s started out hot behind the legs of Jonathan Taylor, while Michigan’s struggled to get going. The preseason hype surrounding the Michigan Wolverines died quickly with two unimpressive wins. Now they head to hostile territory in search of a huge win. They’re now the underdog, a position unfamiliar to them, but it might be the kick in the butt they need.

How to watch: FOX
Start time: 11:00am CT
Line: Wisconsin -3.5
Location: Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, WI)

Wisconsin Badgers players to watch

RB Jonathan Taylor (237 yards rushing, 5 TD)
QB Jack Coan (562 yards passing, 5 TD – 0 INT)
LB Zack Baun (5 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks)

Michigan Wolverines players to watch

LB Khaleke Hudson (20 tackles)
QB Shea Patterson (410 yards passing, 3 TD)
WR Tarik Black (104 yards receiving, 1 TD)

Wisconsin Badgers keys to the game

  • Give Coan time
  • Get the ball to Taylor
  • Pressure Patterson

Michigan Wolverines keys to the game

  • Don’t let Badgers hang around
  • Force Coan to win the game
  • Play loose

Why Wisconsin wins

Nothing really has changed for the Badgers. Everything’s simple for Wisconsin to be successful. They need their quarterback to play well, and they need their star to get enough touches. Jack Coan inherits the starting quarterback position for Wisconsin, and there’s a ton of pressure on his shoulders. Michigan’s defensive coordinator Don Brown likes to send pressure, and will make Coan beat his defense. Luckily for Coan, he has an underrated group of receivers and Jonathan Taylor to help him in the passing game. Simply put, Wisconsin wins this game if Coan’s efficient.

Why Michigan wins

Things haven’t gone well for Michigan to start the 2019 season. They struggled to get going against Middle Tennessee in Week 1, and needed overtime to beat Army last week. Is there a transition to some of the new coaches? Most likely. If they’re still struggling on Saturday, Harbaugh’s got a lot of explaining to do. Shea Patterson and the offense have work to do, but can be explosive. If the offense does its job, and the defense can get after Coan and limit the Badgers running game, they’ll win on the road.


Coan is the X-Factor. If he’s a factor, Wisconsin’s in good hands. Jonathan Taylor will get the ball plenty, and Michigan must do everything for force Wisconsin to use other options. The atmosphere in Camp Randall will be intense, but we must see more out of the Badgers quarterback before we trust him. MICHIGAN 24 WISCONSIN 20

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